May 30, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. Special Education: State Program Improvement Grants Program
      Source: Federal Register: May 27, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 101)
  2. Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) to Receive Funding from June 1, 2003 until May 31, 2004.
      Source: Federal Register: May 29, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 103)
  3. Report Suggests Developmental Services for Children Need Improvement
      Source: MCH Alert - May 30, 2003
  4. School Readiness Act of 2003 Introduced in House
      Source: thomas.loc.gov - Retrieved May 29, 2003
  5. Child Medication Safety Act of 2003 Referred to Senate Committee
      Source: thomas.loc.gov - Retrieved May 29, 2003

1. Special Education: State Program Improvement Grants Program

Source: Federal Register: May 27, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 101)

Special Education: State Program Improvement Grants Program - Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2002.

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program, authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, is to assist State educational agencies and their partners referred to in section 652(b) of IDEA with reforming and improving their systems for providing educational, early intervention, and transitional services, including their systems for professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination of knowledge about best practices, to improve results for children with disabilities.

Applications Available: May 27, 2003.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 11, 2003.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 12, 2003.

For complete information go to
http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-2/052703d.html
OR http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-2/052703d.pdf

2. Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) to Receive Funding from June 1, 2003 until May 31, 2004.

Source: Federal Register: May 29, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 103)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
AGENCY: Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice of extension of project period and waiver.
SUMMARY: The Secretary waives the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), at 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a), respectively, that generally prohibit project periods exceeding 5 years and project extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds to enable the currently-funded Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) to receive funding from June 1, 2003 until May 31, 2004. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2003-2/052903d.html
OR http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2003-2/052903d.pdf

3. Report Suggests Developmental Services for Children Need Improvement

Source: MCH Alert - May 30, 2003

Building A Bridge From Birth to School: Improving Developmental and Behavioral Health Services for Young Children examines primary health care services that promote infant and young child development in the United States and suggests ways to improve those services. This May 2003 report, published by the Commonwealth Fund, presents information on (1) existing guidelines for developmental health supervision of children; (2) the clinical effectiveness of developmental health services in primary care settings; (3) gaps between current guidelines for child health care, the care that parents report their children receiving, and the services pediatric practices currently offer; (4) common measures of the quality of pediatric health supervision; (5) barriers to developmental services; (6) innovative service models; (7) the efficacy of activities directed at promoting child development; and (8) recommendations for improving developmental services. The report is intended for use at the provider, practice, community, and policy levels and is available at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=221307.

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

4. School Readiness Act of 2003 Introduced in House

Source: thomas.loc.gov - Retrieved May 29, 2003

On May 22, 2003 a bill to reauthorize Head Start - the School Readiness Act of 2003 (H.R.2210) - was introduced in the House. To learn more go to: http://thomas.loc.gov/ and enter H.R.2210 into the 'Bill Number' search box.

5. Child Medication Safety Act of 2003 Referred to Senate Committee

Source: thomas.loc.gov - Retrieved May 29, 2003

On May 21, 2003, the House overwhelmingly passed (425-1) H.R.1170, the Child Medication Safety Act. This bill requires that as a condition of receiving federal education funds, states must establish policies and procedures prohibiting school personnel from requiring a child to take medication in order to attend school. To learn more go to: http://thomas.loc.gov/ and enter H.R.1170 into the 'Bill Number' search box.